Posted by mhills51 | Jul 09, 2016 @ 11:20 AM | 10,496 Views
Looked out the window and saw what looked like a ICBM shooting out of KS. It was moving so fast and about straight up! You can see from the contrails just how fast it was moving. Got the camera and took a pic. I could see it had wings so not a ICBM, but what plane travels that fast and almost straight up?
Posted by AcroMode20 | Jul 09, 2016 @ 09:06 AM | 2,360 Views
You don't need a lot of space to have a great time flying a 250 quad!
FPV mini quad (Garden) 2 (2 min 53 sec)

Posted by AliB | Jul 09, 2016 @ 06:49 AM | 6,541 Views
Since we came out of winter, I've been very much flying freestyle, and not doing any car park flying.

It's been a new learning curve trying to practice tricks, and it's nice not driving home from every session thinking about the parts I've broken and need to replace. The carpark is brutal.

Now Smokin' Drones have had a couple of competitions recently with some good prizes and the most recent one was a speed challenge on the Multi Gp Tsunami track. At first i didn't enter this because i have no race gates. But on the last day, (when i realised not many people had entered ) i decided to give it a go.

I gathered everything in my house that i could use instead of gates (basically a bag of my clothes) and went to set up the track.

I used the local school field and it was about 20mph winds that day and threatening to rain, but as i had left it till the last day, i didn't have any choice, and had to get the flying and editing of video done in one evening.

Anyway, i had A LOT of fun. Its given me the racing bug and makes me want to give it ago.
When running the track i had to be really strict, and keep very low, because since i didn't have gates, i didn't want to be disqualified.
It was so much fun pushing to get faster and faster each battery and I'm quite glad with the way it came out

Multi gp tsunami track practice (0 min 59 sec)

I would love to now give this a go with race gates, since i believe i could shave another couple of seconds off, just by being able to see the gates, and also not having to fly so low.

If anybody knows the track record for this, i would love to know.

Peace out
Posted by Mike Dubovsky | Jul 09, 2016 @ 06:10 AM | 7,566 Views
Posted by BofaDeez2Nuts | Jul 09, 2016 @ 12:42 AM | 6,940 Views
This has been on my mind for a long time now, how do I get loads of functions without wearing out my thumbs.
I want a smorgasbord of controls on a surface transmitter.
I am currently using the Turnigy 9XR Pro which is loaded with every knob switch or button you could ask for and great user interface. I have modded mine to return to center on both sticks (so, throttle on left and steering/ pan-tilt on right) throttle limiter on one of the pot knobs..
Days of tinkering, programming and mixing to get it just right and it still lacks the much finer level of control and comfort you get out of a pistol radio.
I have grown so accustomed to having these plentiful functions that I don't think I could make the sacrifice of going back to a surface transmitter with any less functions than I have now. Also very important to me is the ability to use JR modules which doesn't exist in the surface radio world...
To summarize, I want ALL of the functions and electronics of the 9xr pro to be shoehorned into a pistol....
A huge clunky probably unpractical pistol, and I'm going to just start hacking up my radios soon and make it hap'n cap'n.
Stay tuned!
Posted by GBLynden | Jul 09, 2016 @ 12:17 AM | 3,326 Views
This is the Unboxing, Indoor Maiden Flight, and Review video with my new Syma X8HG HD Camera Drone with Altitude Hold.

Syma X8HG 8MP HD Camera Drone with Altitude Hold Unboxing, Indoor Maiden Flight, and Review (14 min 30 sec)

This Camera Drone is very similar to my RTF Syma X8C Venture Drone Quadcopter only it looks better and comes with a way better camera. It is also essentially DJI Phantom drone clone.

Here are my review notes for this multirotor beast!

- Very stable flight
- Altitude hold works well
- Beautiful dark red color
- High quality 8MP and very light weight HD GoPro like camera
- Anti-vibration camera mount
- 2S battery power
- Excellent lights

- Loud brushed motors
- Slow yaw rate

I can't wait to test this one outside!
Posted by jamestheripper | Jul 08, 2016 @ 11:40 PM | 2,317 Views
New Track FPV (2 min 24 sec)

Posted by Rogue_Pilot | Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:51 PM | 4,032 Views
Links to my currently active build logs.

Nessie "Loch Ness Monster" Scratch Build (Started on March 18, 2017)

1:87 scale RMS Titanic Scratch Build (Started on April 28, 2016)

1:87 scale SS Nomadic Scratch Build (Started on June 2, 2016)

Links to my completed build logs.

1:325 scale SS Nomadic Scratch Built (Started on June 19, 2016 - Finished on September 3, 2016)

Parkflyer Size RC Skydiver Scratch Built (Started on March 27, 2015 - Finished on April 13, 2015)

1:152 scale RMS Titanic Scratch Built (Started on July 29, 2011 - Finished on May 17, 2015)

Links to my 'Ideas' & 'How-To' Threads.

Simple operational wing pylon design for R/C warbirds. (Posted on June 18, 2017)

Idea for "working" gun effects in R/C warbirds, ejecting shell casings. (Posted on June 13, 2017)

Idea for fast and easy model ship interior illusions using 2D images. (Posted on May 2, 2016)

Pictures in post #2 (Comments)
Posted by forwardonly | Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:31 PM | 4,913 Views
Well I finally tried to maiden my corsair. First attemp was shaken and I ditched the plane into some soft talk stuff and lucked out with no damage. The second attempt got airborn and trimmed out but it was waaaay out of trim. After some hairy flite, I got it settled down and flew a couple curcuits. Deployed flaps and tested the stall. Pretty hard stall to the left. Glad I had some altitude for that! Flaps required a lot of down trim. Flew some landing aporoaches and attempted landing 2 times. The theirs try the motor quit on final turn and I did not make it to the runway. At least I missed the fence! The wing ripped out but the damage really was not too bad.

I think the roll to the leftovers induced by a slightly uneven elevator. I will have to work that out. I think the balance is close but a little more nose weight would be desired. I should have refueled after the first attemp. I still had gas but not much and I don't think it was drawing well on the low tank. I'm excited to get it back up again! The 7 minutes it was in the air were glorious! What a great looking plane!

After my Corsair mishaps, I maidened my son's Mountain Models Round2it. That is a great little 3 channel flyer. I can't wait for him to fly it! Hoping he gets hooked!

My Etana is almost ready for flight! Waiting on a new canopy and I need to install the ESC. At some point this summer I hope to fly my Hog Bipe again too!
Posted by DeadStickFPV | Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:09 PM | 5,576 Views
Whoops lol
CRASH | Cargo Drop Plane | DeadStickFPV (4 min 52 sec)

Posted by Looselou808 | Jul 08, 2016 @ 07:59 PM | 1,940 Views
Has anyone had the walkera GA350 Balance charger? It's been used 3 times and now it won't charge the 2 cell I think it's a cop out charger which should definitely be working still but ain't !! I have a new one on way but not the point this product should work still expensive rubbish!!
Posted by scousethief | Jul 08, 2016 @ 04:54 PM | 3,530 Views
Quadcopter has been supplied free by Gearbest for a bias free review.

Spare Battery Now In Stock Link Below

Techy stuff......

1804 brushless motor
5.8G real-time transmission: Share the videos and photos to the LCD display at anytime anywhere.
720P camera: Take photos or videos.
2.4GHz Transmitter
6 axis gyro: Increases stability, better resistance against wind, easier to control.
3D capable.......does flips and flies inverted........and someother scary stuff

Brand: XK
Item No.: X252
Frequency: 2.4G
FPV: 5.8G
Channel: 4CH
Gyro: Built-in 6 axis gyro
Flying Time: About 12 minutes
Charging Time: 60 - 80 minutes
Control Distance: About 300m
Motor: 1804 brushless motor
Copter Battery: 7.4V 950mAh 20C Li-Po battery
Transmitter Battery: 6 x 1.5V AA battery ( Not Included )

Today the new (ish) XK X252 Shuttle arrived courtesy of Gearbest. Delivered via DHL it arrived safely packed in a large cardboard box surrounded by bubble wrap and the box was pristine which was nice, it also breezed through UK customs with no ridiculous duty fee stamped on top which was a bonus.
Inside was the product box itself all nice and shiny it seemed a shame to defile it with my grubby fingers............tough

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Posted by TheHud | Jul 08, 2016 @ 04:22 PM | 12,791 Views
Just putting nothing here. Nothing at all.
Posted by Pukka | Jul 08, 2016 @ 04:13 PM | 2,483 Views
Murphy’s Law, sh*t happens when you least expect it. Getting a couple flights before the rain, I managed to find a peaceful parking lot with no one around. Calm music sets me for an easy joyful rhythm and 58 seconds later…crash.

Sh*t Happens (0 min 59 sec)

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:40 PM | 4,784 Views
This is the Maiden Flight of my Eflite Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero 300 using a Spektrum DX6 and a Venom Fly 2S 800mAh 30C Lipo.

Eflite Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero 300 Maiden Flight - Dragonfly Country (5 min 58 sec)

I have an appreciation for the classics and the discontinued models of years past. Fortune was in my favor as I managed to purchase this model "Brand New In the Box" from a seller last winter and had stored it until this summer season. Doing research on RC Groups I learned that prior to flying the Zero, it would need a little pre-Maiden Flight attention as this particular model on its initial release from Horizon had a few minor issues to sort out. The below list explains a few of the issues that I resolved prior to the Maiden Flight:

1) Tail-Heavy. Resolution: I use Venom Fly 2S 800mAh packs pushed all the way forward into the battery slot.

2) Cowl breaking. Resolution: No issues with this as I slide on the grass for belly landings just fine. Don't crash and the cowl stays intact.

3) Cowl sliding forward or backward and causing motor vibrations. Resolution: Find the spot where the motor and the prop don't rub, align the cowl to that point and add 2 small drops of foam safe CA to hold the cowl at that point in place.

4) Control surface joints sticking or attachments loose. Resolution: Its always been my practice to inspect the attachments, and tighten them as needed. Then secure them further with a perimeter of foam safe CA. All...Continue Reading
Posted by DragonSailing NA | Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:31 PM | 5,433 Views
It seems rare these days for teenagers and younger kids relate to an older generation with all the flashy choices they have, ranging from Hi Res video games, phone texting, and 300 TV channels.
The Markey / Boerema family in Michigan has found a great way to bridge that gap ... with radio sailing and the DragonFlite 95!

Pictured left to Right - Schuyler (11), Chris (19), Grandpa Larry (70), Jameson (15), Dad Dick (50)

Age makes no difference in determining how fast your boat goes in radio sailing. Being fast on the water, all boils down to the sailing basics. Sail trim, course selection, and tactics are still what put you on top in a sailboat race.

As Grandpa Larry says, "The reasons we decided to RC sail as a family are first it is fun, second it is very good practice for full size racing strategy. Another thing I like is the DF95 has the same sail adjustments as a big boat. It is helping teach the kids how important boat setup and sail shape is."

This Michigan family of lifelong avid sailors have found that sailing the new DragonFlite 95 is a great way bridge that gap, and have a great time doing it!

Of course having a great one design boat like the DF95 lets the crafty sailing veterans like Larry and Dick, make sure they can hang in there with their athletic kids and keep the competition on a level playing field on their home built summer course.

The youngest sailor in the family, 11- year old Schuyler, assembled his own DF95...Continue Reading
Posted by surferguy | Jul 08, 2016 @ 02:42 PM | 3,248 Views
X252 is a 3D trainer or can be a subtle beginner quad.

Drone Camps RC - Review and 3D flying test of the XK X252 Shuttle.

The X252 is a 7 Channel, Brushless quadcopter capable of FPV and 3D inverted aerobatics. See the video for a switch explanation of how to fly it in IDLE / 3D Mode. This quad is ahead of the curve.

More 3D quads are coming out in the coming year. Racer quads are also starting to embrace 3D flying. Start practicing now guys...

Drone Camps Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
- 1 for plastic frame and proprietary battery.

Got this one from gear best.

Drone Camps PROS vs CONS:

X252 PROS:

- Multiple flight modes
- 6G Mode : Fly in stabilized 6 axis gyro mode
- 3D Mode - Fly in 3D mode with 3 axis gyro
- IDLE ON/OFF Switch ( Do not flip into this when in 6G mode
- 1304 Brushless motors
- Bi-directional motors stop and reverse direction in 3D mode
- FUTUBA Compatible with S-FHSS Protocol
- Comes with very nice 2.4Ghz Radio
- 5.8Ghz 4" Fpv Realtime video monitor
- 720p HD Video/Fpv, 140 degree camera
- Radio has adjustable throttle curves
- 2S 950mah battery ( 6-8min flight times )
- 198 grams weight
- Comes with 3D props
- Parts are cheap
- Black or white frames available
- Flys great in inverted 3D mode. Very nimble.
- Able to do a variety of advanced 3D moves.
- Beginner friendly
- 3D Mode in IDLE ON is Great fun for advanced flying
- Durable blades
- No landing gear is good. Less weight. Not needed.

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Posted by VicT | Jul 08, 2016 @ 02:27 PM | 5,079 Views
I've modified the Apprentice S and Toledo Special so that the lipo pack can be loaded and unloaded using a door on top of the fuselage. This makes it easier so you don't have to put the model upside down on the ground, lap, beach, grass, or plane holder.

In the Timber the bottom door and compartment is big enough for the stock 3S 2200 and I have 3 flights using the EFlight 3200 3S as used in the Apprentice. It's tight but it works. The speed control is in its own compartment between the battery floor and the cowl. It is not secured and there is no access to it for checking or repair/replacement. I have a Turnigy 40 amp ESC that uses an extra channel so that the prop can turn backwards. This will come in handy when the Timber floatplane is beached or gets stuck. Just throw a switch and use throttle to back out! So this mod allows a seperate ESC compartment since it uses the original battery compartment.

I did not know where to start since I had no crashed fuselage to cut in two pieces. So cross sections were seen on RC groups with crash damage to others. Some were reporting that the nose area was weak and that the foam nose was not holding up to propellor loads. So the modification adds a balsa structure that when CA glued to the foam adds much strength. The U shaped structure also carries the battery weight and carries it to the balsa structure. The battery floor is slightly angled so that on impact the battery will be ejected through the door so as to minimize crash forces of a trapped battery. The structure also takes bending loads when the Timber has a full stall or dropped in landing.